Jonathan Adair is a litigation partner in Kirkland's Chicago office. His practice focuses on complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He has represented clients in litigation matters across a broad array of subjects, including insurance coverage, toxic tort, foreign judgment enforcement, commercial law, M&A disputes, False Claims Act, antitrust, bankruptcy, and SEC enforcement.

Jonathan spent nine months working at the litigation department of a large corporation. He managed a variety of litigation matters and developed a strong understanding of the role of legal and business teams at a client. Jonathan uses his experience working in-house to develop a strong team approach with his clients.



Distinguished Alumni Award, Public Interest Law Initiative, 2020

Pro Bono Honor Roll, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 2017–2022

Pro Bono All-Star, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2017


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit2022
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois2018
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan2018


  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of LawJ.D.

    magna cum laude


    Order of the Coif

    Dean’s Leadership Award

    Legal Practice Excellence Award

    Senior Executive Editor, Washington University Law Review

  • Northwestern UniversityB.A., Political Sciencecum laude2012